Ballet Lessons

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The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the world’s most influential dance education and training organizations and is recognized internationally for the highest standards of learning and teaching. These classes are designed to motivate and encourage students of all ages and levels of ability through systematic measurement of progress and attainment. Students also have the option to study for and be presented for RAD Examinations or Class Awards at an additional cost.

By the end of the course students who were presented for the Graded Exam will:

  • have achieved an award from the world’s largest ballet examination board
  • gained qualifications that are fully accredited by the UK regulatory authorities


Coming September 2022

Melody Bear Ballet Classes: Melody Movement Early learning is a unique dance curriculum created by Jill Ewing which addresses the needs of children aged 18 months upwards.  It is tailored to discovering and fulfilling the potential of each child, nurturing their creative development. Loveable teddy, Melody Bear, is the focal point of the early years curriculum, and all her activities, stories, ideas, and dreams can be told through dance and movement.  The carefully planned learning experience of each child ensures a successful transition from one stage to the next.  The Melody Bear journey ends at the Foundation Ballet level as the children wave farewell to her at their Graduation Ceremony.

Saturdays 10 am to 10:30 am, £4.75 per class, ages 18 months to 3 years.

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Pre-School (RAD) Ballet Classes: This class is designed to introduce ballet and movement basics to children from three to five years in a fun and relaxed way. These classes are inspired by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Pre-School Curriculum and adapted by our teacher. In each class, the students will enact through movement, dance, and facial expressions a story from a book or movie, for example, Sleeping Beauty or The Lion King. Story books and props are used to enhance audial, visual, and kinesthetic learning as well as imagination. These classes will help to develop confidence, rhythm, social, motor, and performance skills.

Saturdays 10:30 am to 11:10 am, £5.00 per class, ages 3 to 5.

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Primary Ballet Classes: By this stage pupils will be able to choose to be entered for their first ballet exam should they so wish. Exams are not compulsory and many children decide to just move up, however, at M & L School of Performing Arts we like to offer the option of ballet exams to those pupils who are keen to focus on perfecting the syllabus. We believe that studying for exams teaches young people self-discipline, it encourages them to practice and perfect the steps and can motivate them to work towards achieving a goal that is tangible. Ballet encourages self-expression, listening skills, following instructions, learning to work as an individual and in groups, coordination, good posture, strength, and suppleness. Ballet also provides a nurturing environment for the development of artistry and musical appreciation.

Saturdays 11:10 am to 12 am, £5.50 per class, ages 6 to 7+.

Grade 2 Ballet Classes are for children aged 9+ and who want to learn more about ballet, develop their dance technique and meet other young people interested in dance. By studying RAD Ballet at this level, students will learn technical, musical, and performance skills in ballet and related dance disciplines. These classes encourage students to enjoy ballet as a form of physical exercise, whilst also teaching timing, rhythm, and musicality skills. Classes will focus on dance technique and performance skills, working towards optional examination and class awards.

Students can be entered for the Grade 2 Examination or Class Award. This is aligned at Level 1 of the RAD’s graded syllabus.

Saturdays 12 am to 1:05 pm, £6.25 per class.

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Adult Ballet Classes: This class has no gender or age limit. Ideal for those starting ballet for the first time or returning to ballet. If you would like to have fun dancing and socializing, getting fit and supple while deepening your understanding of classical ballet technique, then this is the class for you. Exercises are set by the teacher, not following set graded syllabus work. Students are welcome and encouraged to take part in performances such as Showcases and  Productions if they wish to do so. However, these are not compulsory.

In-person classes: Saturdays from 9 am to 10 am, £6.50 per class.

Online classes: Tuesdays 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm, £6.50 per class no age limit.

Due to Covid-19, we are keeping the Tuesday online lesson as an option. This class is run as a combination of ballet and stretch exercises, adapted to be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home.